[SINGAPORE, 12.February. 2019] – As part of Huawei’s global initiative to nurture new information and communications technology (ICT) talents, the global ICT solutions provider and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) have signed an agreement to set up an ICT Academy on the varsity level in Singapore. It will be the second Huawei ICT academy launched in Singapore.
The partnership aims to address the shortage of ICT professionals in Singapore through joint research, education and training programmes. Both parties will set up a platform for technical collaborations.
The training will help to bridge the gap between graduates and their transition to the workforce as students will be equipped with industry-ready ICT skillsets. SUSS undergraduates will have practical trainings from non-profit Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA) trainers, and earn a Huawei Certification that will prove invaluable for their career.
In addition to the various HAINA industry certifications available — from security, big data, cloud computing technologies, networking technologies and IT storage systems — students will work on hands-on projects.
The entire curriculum and certification process is expected to spread over 3-6 months.
Mr Aaron Wang Shaotong, Managing Director of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group in Singapore, and Prof Attalah Samir, Dean of School of Science and Technology at SUSS, signed the agreement at the SUSS campus on Monday (Jan 28), witnessed by Mr Jim Lim, Global Senior Director, Huawei CTO office and Prof Tsui Kai Chong, Provost of SUSS.
Mr Aaron Wang Shaotong said: “Huawei is not only passionate about helping enterprises in their digital transformation, but also strongly believe in grooming the next generation of ICT talents. We always have a strong focus in helping the next generation in Singapore develop the skills needed to drive innovations in technology. The non-profit academy — Huawei Authorised Information Network Academy (HAINA), will provide students from SUSS with Huawei certification training, equip them with industry-ready ICT skillsets, to meet the industry need for trained expertise.”
“Huawei’s HAINA programme is part of our wider commitment to STEM education as well as research and development. We are confident that our partnership with SUSS will give students the opportunity to learn new and relevant industry skills, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions in science and technology and contribute to Singapore’s digital economy,” he added.
Prof Attalah Samir, Dean of School of Science and Technology at SUSS said: “The School of Science and Technology is elated to sign this MOU with Huawei because Huawei is the technological backbone of China and a global technology giant. With the partnership, Huawei and SUSS will be able to produce a pipeline of talents for the ICT sector, and our students will reap the benefits of the growing influence of China.”
Huawei is currently cooperating with over 350 universities to open Huawei ICT academies around the world, with about 200 in China. Last year, the Academy trained over 12,500 students globally. Among them, 4,000 students received certifications for their skills. Under the HAINA programme, Huawei also runs a global annual ‘Skills Competition’ for students, giving local country winners the opportunity to visit China for the finals and compete with students from across the globe.
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Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is one of Singapore’s six autonomous universities and its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society. Home to more than 15,000 students, SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, with a focus on the social sciences and lifelong learning. It adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach and offers more than 70 degree programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SUSS’s undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee loans and study loans. For more information on Singapore University of Social Sciences, please visit www.suss.edu.sg